Eighty workers face privatization
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Union County has turned housekeeping and several other services at Runnells Specialized Hospital to a private company, which will result in nearly 80 layoffs, according to The Star-Ledger.
The 100-year-old hospital that has operated at an $11.3 million deficit since the end of 2011 will save around $2 million over the life of the 16-month contract, the article stated.
According to the article, the county has awarded Sodexo, a Maryland-based company, the housekeeping and dietary services, which will save $443,000 for the remainder of this year and approximately $1.6 million next year.
Union Council 8, the bargaining unit that represents the 80 employees slated for layoffs, submitted a proposal to the county, but it did not come close to the savings expected with Sodexo, the article noted.
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